Andy Tobin Archives

4 big ideas shaking up Arizona-Mexico trade

Trucks CrossingBorderat Nogales

While all of us have no doubt been busy getting enlightened by the endless stream of political TV ads, there have been lots of exciting things happening to grow Arizona’s cross-border trade profile with our neighbor Mexico. Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match Dennis Smith and the team at the Maricopa Association of Governments deserve… Read More →

GM Officially Opens Information Technology Center

Chandler Innovation Center

General Motors is adding to its roster of Information Technology Innovation Centers with today’s grand opening of a facility in the Phoenix area. The center, which will enable GM to in-source the company’s innovation capabilities and tap into a pool of new and experienced IT talent, joins innovation centers already operating in Warren, Mich., Austin,… Read More →

The 2013 Hammer Awards

Cushman & Wakefield Leasing
by in Featured | Politics

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; time to hand out some virtual hardware to the winners of the 4th annual Hammer Awards, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer’s look back at the wild and the wacky of the year in politics and anything else that’s on his mind.… Read More →

Coalition Formed to Combat Proposed EPA Regulations

by in Business News | Economy | Energy | Politics

A group of Arizona business leaders and politicians announced that they have created a coalition to address proposed regulations on the Navajo Generating Station. The Arizona Coalition for Water, Energy and Jobs said in a press conference on Tuesday that regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if implemented, will have an adverse effect… Read More →

Arizona House panel OKs high-tech tax credits

Arizona SciTech Festival - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012
by in Business News | Politics | Tech

An Arizona House committee has given initial approval to a bill that sets up a tax credit for insurance companies who invest in a new high-tech fund overseen by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The bill sponsored by Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin gives insurers a credit against premium taxes they would owe of up to… Read More →

GPEC helps region build solid foundation amidst economic downturn

SRP Study Reveals How Businesses Reacted, Adapted To Economy
by in Business News | Economy

The economic downturn rattled almost every industry in Arizona at its foundation. “The recession served as a necessary wake-up call for both the Valley and the entire state,” says Andy Warren, CEO of Maracay Home and Greater Phoenix Economic Council board member. “In the years leading up to the recession, many people in Arizona had… Read More →

The 2012 Hammer Awards

Hamer - June 2011-fornewsletter
by in Featured | Politics

It’s that time of year to hand out some honors for the year’s best. So it is without further ado that I bring you the Third Annual Hammer Awards. Impact Player of the Year: State Treasurer Doug Ducey The keeper of the state’s checkbook took down Proposition 204 in a rout, and for that Doug… Read More →

Kavanagh returns as House Appropriations chair

Flag USA
by in Business News | Politics

Fountain Hills Republican John Kavanagh will return as chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee when Arizona lawmakers report in January for their 2013 regular session. Kavanagh’s return as Appropriations chairman is among 18 committee chairmanships announced Thursday by Speaker Andy Tobin in a post-election reorganization. Other returning House chairmen include Bob Robson for the… Read More →

Heroes, Goats and ‘Pure Idiocy’

by in Business News | Politics

In case you’ve been living in a cave, next Tuesday is Election Day. Here are a few thoughts about some of the folks that have distinguished themselves as true leaders and others who have made us tune them out this election season. The Heroes   The Treasurer Treasurer Doug Ducey’s leadership on Proposition 204 is… Read More →

Success Awards Recognize 12 Arizona Businesses

Success Awards
by in Economy | Small Biz

Twelve Arizona small businesses and their achievements will be honored at the 2012 Success Awards and Legislative Lunch on March 29. The event is hosted by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC) and scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the House Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington… Read More →